Clonazepam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Prescribed to control certain types of seizures in the treatment of epilepsy and for the treatment of panic disorders, clonazepam affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause seizures or symptoms of panic.
In 2006, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted a nationwide study of Emergency Department (ED) visits. The results found that sedative-hypnotics were the most frequently implicated pharmaceutical drugs in ED visits. Benzodiazepines accounted for the majority of these. In the study, clonazepam was the second most frequently implicated benzodiazepine in ED visits.
Avoiding Clonazepam Relapse
Unfortunately, drug relapse prevention does not automatically happen simply because the addict went through detox and rehabilitation treatment. It is when that substantial support system is no longer a part of the person’s everyday life that the real work of avoiding a relapse starts. Many former addicts have found it useful to actually create a relapse prevention plan. These individuals know that they must make many changes in their life, they must learn how to handle daily stressors in a healthier way, and they have to avoid the temptation to abuse drugs. While relapse happens to people, often several times, a structured drug relapse prevention plan can help.
There are several aspects that contribute to a solid drug relapse prevention plan, including:
- Seeking help from an experienced peer
- Learning relaxation skills to reduce anxiety
- Developing drug-free, healthy activities
- Avoiding situations of known danger
- Finding alternative coping methods of dealing with negative emotional states
- Learning how to reward yourself
- Learning how to pay attention to physical, mental, and emotional health
Compelling thoughts of using drugs resurface, and having a plan can help the addict realize the benefits of staying abstinent will far outweigh any short term relief that might be found in drugs. With time, the cravings and uncertainties fade, and the addict develops confidence in their new way of life without drugs. A personal relapse prevention plan can be the best protection against a relapse, and it is suggested that you periodically review the relapse prevention plan with your doctors, treatment professionals and sponsors to modify them as needed.
Clonazepam Relapse Help
While a relapse may be perceived as a failure, statistics show that relapses occur 50 – 90% of the time, so don’t give up on yourself. Please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about clonazepam addiction, treatment, and relapse. We want to get you back on track for recovery. Call us today.